Digital Inside: How to Setup Email Marketing Workflow for Online Business

7 Awesome Automated Email Triggers

No doubt, email marketing is no longer a super secret tactic, used only by the most innovative online retailers. Today, emails have become a default way to connect with consumers.

89% of marketers say that email marketing is their main channel for products promotion. And this is 5x more effective method than Facebook or Instagram when it comes to sales.

The Triggered Emails You Need to Make

The main problems of many online stores include spam emails of bulk simple newsletters, lack of automation and poorly configured workflow.

We’ve analyzed more than 200 eCommerce stores and their emails workflows in order to outline the most successful cases and practices.

1.First Impression Matter – Welcome Emails Campaign

The statement “You only have one chance to make a first impression” is true in many situation, from social life to your eCommerce business. For many companies, welcome emails are an ideal method to make first impression unforgettable. Welcome email series have a much higher read rate (more than 34%) than an average email campaign.

According to the results of our clients, we identified that series of welcome emails is more effective than a single email.

Just take a look at the dashboard one of our customer, an online retailer of developmental childrens’ toys in the US. The company has about 10,600 new subscribers, and a single welcome email generated only 183 orders. After implementing a welcome series, they boosted the number of orders by 37% and resulted with 250 orders.

Single welcome email vs welcome email series

Welcome Series Emails Scenario

#Email1 – Start with a simple “Hi”

Best Time: Send immediately after someone subscribes to the newsletters or creates an account

Subscribers, that receive a welcome note, show 33% more long-term brand engagement.

Do not forget:

  • Add personalization, it can help you to increase open rate by more than 26%
  • Write an engaging subject line
  • Run A/B testing to define preferences of your customers
  • Whole Foods – “Welcome email#1”

    welcome email - simple Hi
    #Email2 – Reward new customers

    Best Time: Send it in 3 days after the Email1

    Second welcome email will help you to attract customers who have not made purchase after the first email. You can easily continue the communication with them by sending a “ Welcome Gift”, such as a coupon code or a discount for new subscribers.

    IKEA – “ Welcome Gift”

    welcome email 2 - welcome gift IKEA
    #Email3 – Drive customers back

    Best Time: Send it in 7 days after the registration

    Such type of welcome emails will encourage subscribers to revisit your store. So, that’s what you can offer them in the last email from welcome series:

  • VIP access to product lines / Best selling products
  • Educational Content
  • Invitation to become followers on social media
  • Michael Kors -“Educational Content”

    welcome email3 - Educational Content Michael Kors

    2. Evoke Your Revenue – Abandonment Cart Email Series

    The latest eCommerce statistics shows that 69% of online shopping carts are abandoned. So, that’s why it’s crucial to have a well-tuned cart abandonment email series.

    Instead of default email, that automatically will be sent via a platform, we recommend to create custom abandonment cart emails with a targeted offer.

    Abandonment Cart Emails Scenario

    #Email1 – A Gentle Reminder

    Best time: Send reminder email one hour after the abandoned cart

    So, you’re having the only one hour to win your customer back. Do not try to offer discounts in your first email. Do not try to sell, but try to help. You need to understand the reason why a customer has changed his mind. Maybe, because the process was too long? Did he (or she) has technical issues with the website or payment process?

    MotherCare – “Reminder Letter”

    abandoned cart email1 - reminder
    #Email2 – Free Shipping Offer and Re-reminder

    Best time: Send it at least 24 hours after sending a reminder email

    The Re-reminder is an email similar to reminder, except timing and a free shipping offer. If you can offer a free shipping on an order, you’d better do it with a Re-reminder email. Shipping cost is the most popular reason why customers leave their carts.

    If you are not ready to offer a free shipping, instead of it, you can add cross-sell recommendations, or unique benefits about your products.

    Nordstrom – “Free Shipping Offer”

    abandoned cart email2 -re- reminder
    #Email3- Motivate your customer

    Best time: Send it in 3-5 days after a reminder email

    Still have not convinced your customer? Then, it’s time to think how to push the sale. Sometimes, price is the final barrier before the purchase, and the discount will be the best way to overcome it.

    Levis – “Special discount”

    abadonded cart #Email3 - Drive customers back

    3. Customer Journey Never Ends – Post Purchase Workflow

    Best Time: sent in 30, 40 and 60 days after the last interaction with a customer

    Remember! Customer journey never ends after the purchase. The existing customer is a real gold mine for marketers. Over the next sixty days, give customers a chance to engage with your company.

  • Start with a good post-purchase “thank-you” email
  • Work with up-selling campaigns
  • Provide educational content: videos, articles, etc.
  • Ask for a feedback
  • Send reactivation emails, such as “We miss you, please come back”
  • Never forget about special dates: holidays and happy birthdays
  • A great example of post-purchase email is Sephora’s post-purchase follow up. The email includes everything that we’ve mentioned above.

    Customer Journey Never Ends - Post Purchase Workflow

    Ok, now you have a workflow of your email marketing strategy, and the next step is an automation of this routine activities.

    Must-have Features of Efficient Email Automation Tool

  • High-performance analytics
  • Clickmap
  • Automated smart emails : product recommendations, recover abandoned carts, email retargeting, up-sell emails
  • Flexible integration with third-party app
  • Pre-build email templates with some design
  • Custom email design opportunities
  • Easy to use functionality
  • Connection with social media channels
  • Possibility to do tuned social media campaigns
  • Advanced Segmentation
  • If you want to be successful online and keep up with increased online demand, your eCommerce strategy should include integration with major business automation tools (CRM, ERP, eMail and others) and custom systems. Maven eCommerce integration agnostic service is based on the deep analysis of every e-store individually. We offer the best tools and options to empower your eCommerce ecosystem, taking into consideration your specific needs and results you want to achieve.

    Try our robust integration services and get 5% off. Contact Maven digital experts and get a free consultation.

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    Yaroslava Upatova

    Yaroslava Upatova

     

    Yaroslava is a resourceful marketing leader at Maven. She is known for her unique superpower to combine sophisticated creative with powerful technology to create results-driven marketing strategies. During the last few years, Yaroslava has run workshops on omnichannel strategy and digital transformation for leading healthcare and retail companies.